Community Programs

Community Programs

TransAlta invests in communities where we can have a meaningful impact over the long term, and where we can enhance communities where our employees work and live. Our Flagship Programs are larger, collaborative partnerships that contribute to the success of diverse community initiatives.

Calgary Exhibition & Stampede

TransAlta supports the Calgary Stampede’s nightly grandstand show, the fireworks that follow (TransAlta Lights Up the Night) and, through the Calgary Stampede Foundation, The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts.

The grandstand show is an integral part of the Stampede experience, features hundreds of exceptional performers — including many “Young Canadians” from the school of performing arts — and is infused with cultural, historical and musical wonder.

More than 6,500 talented youth have trained at the Young Canadians School of Performing Arts, receiving professional instruction in voice, musical theatre, gymnastics and dance. The program is tuition-free and encourages participants to also learn about individual excellence, teamwork, leadership, and creative thinking.

Visit their website to learn more about the Calgary Stampede.

Centralia College

TransAlta has been a key member of the Centralia community, and the surrounding region in Washington State, since 1999. Most recently, we’ve partnered with Centralia College to build a new college commons that will be the home for the school’s admissions centre, student support services, the college bookstore, future technology classrooms, an expanded cafeteria and provide a 500-seat dining/meeting space to be used by the campus and community.

Groundbreaking on the TransAlta College Commons building was held on June 30, 2015. Construction of this new building is anticipated to take between 18 and 24 months with completion in the spring of 2017. With this timeline, students starting class in the fall of 2017 will have an opportunity to use the new facility.

To learn more about Centralia College, visit their website.


Music is an important facet of arts and culture. Honens discovers, nurtures and presents pianists from around the world in its annual international piano competition.

Every three years, the best pianists from around the world gather in Calgary, Alberta for one of Canada’s premier piano competitions and celebration of musical artistry. Honens works with Laureates of the competition to prepare them for the rigors and realities of a professional career in music to help set them up for success.

TransAlta is proud to sponsor Honens as the National Laureate Circle Partner to help inspiring pianists begin their professional career in music.

To learn more about Honens, visit their website.

Light Up The World

TransAlta is a proud partner of Light up the World.

Approximately 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. Light up the World (LUTW) is a Canadian non-profit organization focused on the principle that access to energy changes lives. Access to renewable energy creates a healthy and safe home environment, enhances opportunities for education and contributes to economic development by increasing disposable income and encouraging entrepreneurship.

To learn more about this important organization, visit their website.

Skills Canada Alberta Competition

TransAlta has been a proud sponsor of the Skills Canada Alberta Competition since 2013 where trade and technology students from across Alberta converge in 45 different competitions to showcase their skills and talents.

This inspiring two-day competition connects Alberta’s future skilled workers to local post-secondary and industry experts through a variety of trade and technology events.

TransAlta is sponsor of Centre Stage, which is another interactive element at Skill City designed to highlight specific areas of career exploration through short presentations. At TransAlta’s Try-a-Trade workplace safety booth, students join TransAlta experts to learn about the importance of working safely and to test their hazard awareness skills.

To learn more about the Provincial Skills Competition, visit their website.

TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre

We are a proud sponsor of the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, a destination for many active and involved residents of Parkland County in Alberta.

TransAlta has been powering the economies of Parkland County, its two largest communities (Spruce Grove and Stony Plain) and the surrounding region for more than 40 years. At the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre, thousands of local residents, and many of our 1,400 local employees, participate in a wide range of sporting and cultural activities and join together in many community causes.

Visit their website to learn more about the TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre.

United Way

The United Way provides TransAlta employees and retirees the opportunity to strengthen their communities and support those most in need. Each year, the company matches employee and retiree donations dollar for dollar.

In 2015, TransAlta was once again a recipient of the United Way-Centraide national “Thanks a Million” award. This award is dedicated to organizations that sustain annual contributions in excess of $1 million — something we’ve done since 2001.

Our 2015 campaign set a company record with over $1.5 million raised.

Visit their website to learn more about the United Way.


An organization that provides innovative school-based programs for children and young people that develops their understanding of mental health issues, suicide alertness and awareness of mental health services. Based in Western Australia, Zero2Hero’s mission is to give younger people information and tools and empower them to deal with mental health issues in their community.

Camp Hero is one of the programs the organization regularly runs for forty 13 to 17-year-old students to learn about skills required to become mental health leaders and ambassadors in their community. TransAlta is proud to co-sponsor Camp Hero to help fund students to attend this great event that empowers young people to effectively deal with mental health issues.

Visit their website to learn more about this important organization.

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Bloodwood Tree Association
CME Women in Resources
Festival of Trees
Kids Can Catch
Peregrine falcon live camera
TransAlta Community Transformers (Centralia)